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12/9/2013 @ 3:43am

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1968 Green Mercury Cougar

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Charlotte, NC   28269 Model Year: 1968 Mileage: 13902
VIN: 8F93J552572 Engine Displacement:
Exterior Color: Green Transmission: Automatic
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